Judy Snyder, director of Graduate Greenville, says that of those 15 students, only one that she knows of has since decided to pursue a GED.
Plans for next year include a repeat event with Greer High School
and possibly one other school added to Greenville and Berea.
sees value in the initiative targeting high school dropouts, she
says efforts need to happen much earlier."We need to reach children and their families much earlier than high school," she
says."Many children enter kindergarten already behind, and it's very difficult to catch up." She
suggests strong pre-K programs, intervention at the third grade level to identify students who are behind in reading, and help for students at the middle school level so that they don't enter high school behind grade level in math and literacy."We also need to work together as a community to change the culture and attitudes, which many still hold, that students don't really need a high school diploma to have a good life," Snyder